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Introducing Linux virtual containers with LXC

Feb 23, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"In the past we have looked at using OpenVZ for container virtualization on Linux. OpenVZ is great as it allows you to run compartmentalized “servers” within an operating system so you can separate systems, much like running virtual machines on a host system. With OpenVZ, you can get the benefits of virtualization without the overhead.

"The downside of OpenVZ is that it isn’t in the mainline kernel. This means you need to run a kernel provided by the OpenVZ project. By itself this isn’t necessarily a problem, unless you are running an unsupported Linux distribution, and also if you don’t mind a bit of lag from upstream security fixes.

"Like OpenVZ, Linux Resource Containers (LXC) provide the ability to run containers that contain processes run within them to isolate them from the host operating system."

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